How do you know which of your interventions are working? It’s a common problem that schools face, and with data often stored on multiple systems, extracting the right data to understand what is working can be difficult. Plus, with the onus often being on one member of staff to record and analyse all interventions, it can be a time consuming task.
This is particularly concerning as statistics reveal that over 1.4 million (21%) children aged 4-15 are eligible for free school meals in England. Further, 14% of pupils entitled to free school meals are not claiming them. They will start primary school behind their better-off classmates - and this attainment gap will increase throughout their schooling and often later in life.
The latest figures show just 37% of disadvantaged children achieved five good GCSEs, including English and Maths, compared to 63% of all other pupils. Children from poorer backgrounds do worse on average than their wealthier classmates whichever type of school they are in. With this in mind, having a holistic view of all your interventions is key in order to track and analyse their effectiveness and monitor your pupils’ progress.
A complete picture of all your interventions
SIMS Interventions is a new module within the SIMS core suite that allows schools to track all of the extra resources that you put in place to support progress monitoring and improve student outcomes. It allows schools to see all of their interventions data in one place, covering a wide range of areas, such as SEN, pupil premium, academic interventions and pastoral support.
SIMS Interventions uses the power of SIMS to track underperforming students, allocate additional support and resources to those students, and track how those resources affect KPIs. You can also see how much those resources cost, so that outcomes can be tracked against this. It brings all of the information already in SIMS together, in one place to provide a holistic view of all interventions for a school. All the data you need in order to work out which students need an intervention is already held in SIMS, so there’s no need to go anywhere else, helping you to drive efficiency in your school.
Because it’s within SIMS Core Suite, you will have all the power of SIMS at your fingertips, giving schools a wealth of contextual data, as well as analytical power to understand exactly how your interventions are helping your students.
Plan and run your interventions
SIMS Interventions allows you to plan and run an intervention, as well as report on them, helping to support your safeguarding policy. ‘Plan intervention’ allows you to enter general intervention information once and use it many times - you can also group interventions together. Each intervention contains the name of the intervention, subject area, start and end dates, and expected outcomes. You’ll have the ability to record each pupil’s start points and record targets. Progress is measured as having exceeded, achieved, partly achieved or not achieved the target. You can allocate staff and pupils to each intervention. We will be providing a range of pre-built reports in order for you to prove the effectiveness of your interventions and you’ll also be able to build your own custom reports if you wish.
Another key benefit is that you can also pull through all of your information on the effectiveness of your interventions in SIMS Discover. This means you can present the information you have in a clear graphical format, helping you to easily spot trends in your data and provide evidence to inspectors and governors. The screenshots below show the interventions information on student outcomes pulled through to SIMS Discover.
We're piloting SIMS Interventions with schools this autumn and the full version is due to be released in Spring 2017. Once SIMS Interventions is launched, you’ll be able to find a range of resources to get you started on My Account. To find out more about how SIMS can support your safeguarding policy, read our latest blog. If you have a query, please leave a comment below.